HIV infection due to needle, Arvind Khamitkar quite long hoax

Fake news claim: The post claims that an anonymous person getting poked by a needle in a theatre and later she realizes she has been infected with AIDS.

Examples of viral posts in circulation on Social Media like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

A fwd from the what’s app 
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FROM Arvind Khamitkar , I.A.S, Director of Medical 
& Research Div, 

Dear Friends,

A few weeks ago, in a movie theatre, a person felt 
something poking from her seat. 
When she got up to see what it was, she found a 
needle sticking out of the seat with a note attached saying

"You have just been infected by 

The Disease Control Center (in Paris ) reports many similar 
events in many other cities recently. All tested needles were HI V Positive.

The Center also reports that needles have been found 
in cash dispensers at public banking machines. We ask everyone to use extreme caution when faced with 
this kind of situation. All public chairs/seats should be inspected with vigilance and caution before use. A careful visual inspection should be enough..... In addition, they ask that each of you pass this message along to all members of your family and your friends of the potential danger.

Recently, one doctor has narrated a somewhat similar 
instance that hppened to one of his patients at the Priya Cinema in Delhi . A young girl, engaged and about to be married in a couple of months, was pricked while the movie 
was going on. The tag with the needle had the message

"Welcome to the World of HIV family".

Though the doctors told her family that it takes about 6 
months before the virus grows strong enough to start 
damaging the system and a healthy victim could survive about 5-6 years, the girl died in 4 months, perhaps more because of the "Shock thought". 
We all have to be careful at public places, rest God help! Just think about saving a life by forwarding this message. Please, take a few seconds of your time to pass along.

With Regards, Arvind Khamitkar , 
I.A.S, Director of Medical & Research Div, Chennai.

Rather than forwarding irrelevant mails, kindly pass 
this to every one. 
Probably ur mail can help to save his/her life

Facts Check Verdict: False

News Verification: The above post has been widely shared across all forms of social media. The claim is false as we do not have any information regarding the sender of the actual message and second point; HIV AIDS is not caused in such way. It is nothing but a HIV hoax.

This message first began doing the rounds in 2006. especially this year, it has spread all over the country.

The message create panic among citizen... it nothing to do with awareness.

 How do people become infected with HIV?

HIV is a blood-borne virus in that it is transmitted through body fluids containing blood or plasma. Transmission of HIV can occur sexually or non-sexually through the exchange of body fluids infected with a high concentration of the virus, mainly blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk. Transmission is especially effective during activities that involve "sealed penetration" i.e., anal or vaginal intercourse, and needle sharing.

HIV is transmitted through:

  • Sexual contact
  • Unprotected anal, vaginal, oral intercourse with an infected partner
  • Blood
  • Needle sharing with an infected person for any reason (injectable drug needles, steroid needles, ear piercing, tattoos)
  • Receiving a blood transfusion with infected blood (since 1985 all blood collected in the US has been screened for HIV)
  • Accidents in health (i.e. needle stick)
  • Perinatal
  • Intrauterine (during pregnancy, 0.5 - 30%)
  • Peripartum (during birth)
  • Breast feeding

Risk factors

Behaviours and conditions that put individuals at greater risk of contracting HIV include:

  • having unprotected anal or vaginal sex;
  • having another sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as syphilis, herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhoea and bacterial vaginosis;
  • sharing contaminated needles, syringes and other injecting equipment and drug solutions when injecting drugs;
  • receiving unsafe injections, blood transfusions and tissue transplantation, and medical procedures that involve unsterile cutting or piercing; and
  • experiencing accidental needle stick injuries, including among health workers

Though HIV can be spread through contaminated needles, However the virus is relatively fragile.

As per University of California, Santa Barbara ,HIV is a fragile virus and will not survive outside the body long enough for transmission from the air, in water or other surfaces. There is no chance of transmitting HIV through sexual activities that do not involve direct contact of semen, vaginal secretions, or blood with mucous membranes. 

The AIDS virus is NOT spread through the air, in food, or by casual social contact. You cannot become infected with HIV by someone coughing or sneezing on you, by sharing cups or pencils, by swimming in a pool with an infected person, or by shaking hands, hugging or kissing an infected person. Although small amounts of HIV have been found in body fluids like saliva, feces, urine, tears, and sweat, there is little scientific evidence to suggest that HIV can spread through these body fluids.

Some people become infected with HIV the first time they get infected fluid in their bodies. Others are exposed and not infected. However, even if you are not infected by the virus after one exposure, you may still become infected by a subsequent exposure. The more times you are exposed to HIV, the greater chance of getting the infection. If you do not have HIV, you have everything to gain by protecting yourself now. If you have been infected, subsequent exposure to the virus can negatively impact your health.


The symptoms of HIV infection are the symptoms of the diseases that attack the body because of a weakened immune system. Most of the following symptoms are not specific to HIV infection. However, if you have any of these symptoms for long periods of time without the presence of another disease or condition, you should consult a medical provider.

  • Fever that lasts from a few days to longer than a month
  • Periods of excessive sweating, especially at night
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chronic or long lasting fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss of more than 10% of body weight
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Unexplained long lasting sore throat
  • Unexplained swollen lymph glands
  • Diarrhea lasting longer than a month with no other disease
  • Lingering infections

As the immune system becomes more compromised, the HIV infected person may acquire opportunistic diseases such as Kaposi's sarcoma, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, tuberculosis, neurological disorders such as meningitis, and herpes simplex infections. At this point, the HIV infected person is diagnosed with AIDS.

Hence the claim made by the social post might be a hoax or prank. We did not find any truth about the Arvind Khamitkar.

About The Author

Chetan Sharma is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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